The third in our series of #FlightsofImagination from interiors expert and author, Michelle Ogundehin, touches on a subject we all need a little more of in our busy lives; relaxation. As art-lovers, we’re sure you would agree; art provides essential escapism and distraction that allows us to feel inspired, happier and encourages meaningful self-expression throughout our lives. It’s no wonder that Michelle describes art as ‘transformative’. Read on for more…
MO: “The worlds of art and interior design have always been intertwined, whether it’s a painting on the wall, a sculptural piece in the centre of a room or an exquisite rug; different forms of art bring a space together. The creative goal though, is surely the same — the evocation of a feeling of safety, security and serenity.
Because, when we come home, we should be permitted to exhale, shed our worries and relax. Likewise, when we look at an artwork that we love, we are subsumed into its world, forgetting any stresses or strains.
In this way, art can be transformative. Through a single image we can travel to distant climes, hear the cicadas sing and be a universe away from our quotidian reality. For this reason, I know that even if my home were to be stripped of all frill, fancy and furniture, but I was able to keep one painting, I would survive. It would be my window into possibility.”Michelle Ogundehin
We’re loving Michelle’s prompt to take-five, just for ourselves, and imagine the possibilities in the third inspirational flight of imagination. To browse more works in this vein, follow the link below for the Relaxation Collection, packed with paintings, prints, photographs and more.
Michelle Ogundehin, internationally renowned as a thought-leader on interiors, trends, style and wellbeing is the author of Happy Inside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness, a game-changing guide to living well.
Main image: Adam De Ville, Totally Fictitious Field in Wales just off the A470, oil, £1,350, London Contemporary Art.
Michelle Ogundehin, courtesy of Emma Webster.